• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Work Scheduled for Hwy 101 at Lake Crescent Starting July 7

    Hwy 101 will be reduced to one-lane of traffic through work zones and delays of up to 15 minutes should be expected. Work will occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. through mid-July, weather permitting.

  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry for three weeks beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

Places to Go

Seastacks during a foggy sunset

Destinations

Diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. From the lush canopy of the rain forests, to the sandy beaches of the coast, to the majestic overlooks of the rugged, glacier-capped mountains, Olympic National Park has a great deal to offer.

The following list of destinations may help you decide where to start your travels through Olympic National Park. Here you can find important information regarding the nature of the area, how to get there, recreational opportunities, and where to go from there!

 
three dark-haired girls looking at Olympic Mountains

Views from Hurricane Ridge

Exploring the Mountains
Spectacular scenery, glacier-capped peaks and mountain meadows beckon.

Roads to Hurricane Ridge and Deer Park provide vehicle access to the park's mountain wilderness.

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hiker walking through forest

Easy trails bring you into a forested wilderness.

Exploring the Forests
Forests blanket most of the park's low and middle elevations; temperate rainforest is found on the park's west-facing slopes and valleys. Higher up, the forests give way to clumps of trees among the subalpine meadows.

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young girl in pink jacket and bright green boots, holding a piece of kelp

Kelp intrigues a young beachcomber.

Exploring the Coast
Roads and short trails provide access to much of Olympic's 72-mile wilderness coast.

Here you will find wide, sandy beaches, rocky headlands and views of wave-battered offshore "sea stacks".

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Elwha River Restoration

Opportunities to connect with Elwha River Restoration await your discovery. The largest dam removal in United States history began September 2011.

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Did You Know?

snow covered forest and meadow

That endemic Olympic snow moles are scurrying beneath this blanket of snow? Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge is blanketed with over ten feet of snow for most of the winter, providing water for summer and protection for snow moles in winter.